On this episode there are two guests, brothers, an experiment in shared narrative, as they contradict but also deepen one other’s version of youthful events. Leonard Lopate is an institution on New York radio, but he didn’t plan to be. He studied painting with Mark Rothko and worked in advertizing, hosting his first radio show in 1977. His younger brother, writer Phillip Lopate, is the director of the nonfiction graduate program at Columbia University, his alma mater. His two new books – two! – explore theory and practice. Portrait Inside My Head is a collection of personal essays. To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction is, well you get the idea.
PERSON: Bob Waxman, professional producer/director of semi-professional theatricals
PLACE: Feigenbaum’s Mansion & Catering Hall on Rivington Street, where they rehearsed with an Orthodox Jewish choir (pictured: Rivington Street in the 1950s)
THING: A set of Porgy & Bess 78s they saved up and bought as a gift for their parents